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By Dawn, Jan 2 2018 11:22AM

A very happy New Year to you and yours - hope it is is filled with sunshine, smiles and sweet moments x x

New year really is a time of fresh possibilities and I'm so happy and excited to be sharing this - It's been over 4 months in the making, a really long time when you've been itching to stitch :)

Beginning mid-January, and running over 12 months, our new Quilt-along - the Sweetest things Sampler celebrates the little things which make our lives sweeter.

I'm so thrilled that my lovely friend and fellow quilter Michelle of CreativeBlonde is returning to our blog, to co-host our quilt-along. Appropriately, the very first block relates to something which makes life a whole lot sweeter - Friendship and cherishing every moment.

Every month from February onwards a new Sampler block will be posted on the blog, (or if you prefer you can subscribe to receive the PDF document emailed direct to your Inbox - simply type Sweetest Thing Sampler into the subject line of the Contact form, together with your email.)

Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde

To complete the quilt , the Sampler blocks will be combined with Irish Chain blocks to make a quilt top approx 50" x 50" without borders (or 60" x 60" with borders.)

We would love to see the blocks you make, and hear about the things which make your lives sweeter too.Throughout the Quiltalong there will be Giveaways of sewing Goodies, to enter simply follow our Instagrams Honeybee Cloths and CreativeBlonde, and post a photo of your block on Instagram, using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler.

The materials we'll be using for our Sweetest Things Sampler are from Brenda Riddle collections for Moda Fabrics, including Brenda's newest collection Caroline, due in Honeybee Cloths store in two weeks time.

Brenda Riddle's collections are some of the prettiest cottons we've seen, and were the inspiration for our Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt. The Sampler blocks themselves make use of small quantities e.g. Fat Eighths - so if you have a stashful of pretty quitling cottons in need of a good home, this Sampler is for them too.

Our next post in mid January focuses a bit more on fabric requirements for background and Irish Chain blocks.

Till then wishing you lots of sweet cosy moments.

Dawn x X

By Dawn, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM

It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.

"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X

This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths

Supplies needed:

Cushion 18” x 18”

1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection

40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection

5” square of natural linen

Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)

‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)

The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:

- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)

- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point

Basic sewing supplies.

Let’ s begin:

Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…

Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.

Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)

Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.

This is what you should have so far…

Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.

Your finished hexagon heart…

The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.

Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.

Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.

With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.

Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.

Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…

Thanks, for reading this tutorial, for more tutorials head over to my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk.

You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

and Instagram at www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66

x creativeblonde x

By Dawn, Aug 3 2017 09:56PM

Seeing the lovely things made from our supplies, makes us very happy! Often they're met by squeals of delight and admiration, like when we saw this gorgeous Gardening apron, made by Michelle of Creative Blonde....

Photographs by Creative Blonde
Photographs by Creative Blonde

Those little hedgehogs were just meant for Michelle's pretty and practical apron, perfect for pottering outdoors. We are so excited that Michelle has offered to share how it's made in this step by step tutorial.

You'll find lots more eye-candy sewing projects on Michelle's blog too, so remember to pop by and say Hello.

Enjoy and happy sewing x

This handy little apron, is perfect for any keen gardener, for carrying packets of seeds, string, small tools and secateurs. Makes an ideal gift too, and so adorable with this cute hedgehog fabric from honeybee cloths.

Fabrics are from Honeybee Cloths

Tutorial written by creative blonde


4 x long quarters (25cm x 110 cm) in each of the following fabrics:

1. Teal print

2. Hedgehog print

3. Grey print

4. Linen print

5. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron and basic sewing supplies.

Let’s begin:

From fabric 1 (teal print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 12” x 20 ½” and the same from fabric 4 (linen print). With right sides together, join the two matching colors together, using the ¼” seam allowance. This with make up the front and back of the main apron

Next take fabric 2 (hedgehog print) and cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20 ½” and 1 rectangle measuring 2” x 21” from fabric 4 (linen print), this with make up the pocket and the top of the pocket.

With right sides, together, sew the linen strip to the top of the hedgehog print, making sure the hedgehog fabric is sitting the correct way.

Open and press the seam.

Then take the other hedgehog rectangle and sew to the other side of the linen print fabric, this time the hedgehogs will sit upside down (but only whilst you sew this together)

Increase your stitch size to 3.0 on your machine, and top stitch along the hedgehog fabric, shown the photo below…

With a fabric marker, which can be removed, mark your pockets, and then stitch along each marked line.

Lay your two main rectangles, with right sides together, using ½” seam allowance, sew along one edge, across the bottom and back up the other side. (do not sew the top of the apron). Trim the two bottom corners to remove bulk, and turn apron correct way out, and press.

Almost done, we just need to make the ties…


• Fabric 3 (grey print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20”

• Fabric 3 (grey print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”

• Fabric 1 (Teal print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”

Sew the two grey print fabrics to each other, creating a 6” x 39 ½” length. Join the two narrow strips to opposite fabrics, using ¼” seam allowance, then sew one of these to each end of the large rectangle – shown the photo below, creating a long strip. Press seams open.

Press your long strip in half, to find the middle, then fold and press ½” of the raw edge at each end over.

Fold the corner in at a 45-degree angle – shown in photo below…

Fold and press each length in to the center.

And then fold the whole length in half again, pin to the top of the apron and sew a neat line of stitches across the top, as close the edge as possible, from one side of the tie straight across to the other.

And your apron is finished, fill with a few packets of seeds and gardening wire, and give to a keen gardener as a gift…

Thanks for reading, check out more of my tutorials on my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk

And follow me on Instagram - happy sewing x


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